• About us

    Equity Global is a corporate finance advisory boutique founded in early 2009 in London, UK. The firm specialises in providing capital advisory services to top-tier / middle market corporates and financial institutions, as well as PE & VC funds, in addition to UHNWIs

    Bashir A. Tahir


    Chairman - Supervisory Board, Central Microfinance Organisation, Georgia

    Former CEO of Dhabi Group, UAE

    Former Member - Board Audit & Accounting Committee, Bank Alfalah Limited

    Former Board Member, Warid Telecom / Wateen Telecom

    Former CEO, Union National Bank, UAE

    Awarded Pakistan’s highest civilian award, Sitara-e- Imtiaz in 2005

    Parvez A. Shahid


    Vice-Chairman - Supervisory Board, Central Microfinance Organisation, Georgia

    Co-Chairman Central Management Committee, Bank Alfalah Limited
    Chairman, Wincom

    Former Board Member, Warid Telecom / Wateen Telecom / Alfalah Insurance

    Global Treasurer, Bank of Credit & Commerce International

    Fahd Ali Sheikh

    Founder & Executive Director

    Director, Central Microfinance Organisation, Georgia

    Group Head - Treasury & Corporate Finance, TCS Holdings Limited

    Investment Banker / Capital Markets, Standard Chartered Bank

    MSc Finance, London Business School, UK

    BA (Honours) Economics, University of Waterloo, Canada

    Mohammad Ali Sheikh


    CEO, SGM Sugar Mills Ltd.


    Executive Director, Food Tree Company


    BA Economics & Management Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada

    Shahzad Rauf

    Senior Advisor - TMT

    CEO, Zealsoft Private Limited

    Chief Strategy & Operations Officer, Warid Telecom

    Launch Director, Warid Telecom International LLC

    CEO, foodhunter.net

    Imran Khizar Hayat

    Senior Advisor - Islamic & Microfinance Banking

    CEO, Central Microfinance Organisation, Georgia

    Group Head - Retail Banking, Al Baraka Bank (Pakistan) Limited

    Head of Consumer Finance & Retail Banking, Bank Alfalah Limited (Islamic)

    CEO KOR Standard Bank, Georgia

    Regional Head of Corporate & Retail Banking, Bank Alfalah Limited

  • Our vision

    To maximise the long-term growth prospects and return on investment for our clients & investors

    Advisory & Management Board

    Emerging & Frontier Markets

    We possess an average of 37 years of experience managing and turning around institutions across geographies

    Strategic Partnerships & Relationships


    Strong relationships in the Middle East, Europe & Asia

  • Our Experience

    Highlights of our teams' global management & transactional experience



    Preferred partner of Voith Hydro GmbH for Pakistan



    Rolled out greenfield cellular networks in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ivory Coast, Uganda, & Republic of Congo

    Bank Alfalah


    Acquired Pakistan's smallest bank in 1997 and expanded it to the 5th largest

    NREC Kuwait

    Real Estate

    Advised on the divestment and disposal of its strategic real estate asset in Pakistan



    Negotiated the sale of 30% of Warid's business in 2007 to Singtel at an enterprise valuation of $2.9 billion



    Introduced Huawei to the Pakistani GSM sector after the launch of Warid



    Originated & co-managed Wateen Telecom’s PKR 2,000 m (US$25 m) IPO

    KOR Standard Bank


    Bought this Georgian Bank for $25m; valued at $100m+ today

    United Bank Ltd.


    Led the acquisition of a 51% stake in UBL for $205m in 2002. Market cap today: $1.85 billion



    Set up $40m, 8,000 TCD capacity sugar mill in a record time of 11 months

    BoComm China


    Led due diligence and negotiations on BoComm's behalf for its attempted $225m acquisition of a Pakistani Bank


    Sports Infrastructure

    Jointly advised for raising convertible debt funding and introducing an equity partner for the construction of Galatasaray Football Club's new stadium in Turkey

  • Past Transactions

    Equity Global & its team have worked on and closed transactions with a cumulative value of several billion dollars

    Debt Capital Markets – Loan Syndication & Debt Restructuring

    • Advised Pakistan-based corporates such as Portia Fabrics, Arus Group, and Preston University for raising long-term conventional and Islamic financing facilities totaling PKR 600mn (US$60mn) during 2012-14

    • Jointly advised Dhabi Erentalu Alke Insaat (UAE-Turkey JV) alongside the German investment bank EquityGate Advisors GmbH for raising convertible debt funding and introducing a financial investor into Turkey’s largest mixed- use real estate development project and construction of Istanbul’s new Seyrantepe football stadium for Galatasaray


    • Adroitly advised defaulted BRR Guardian Modaraba (Pakistan-based Islamic asset manager) and led difficult negotiations with bondholders/investors for the successful restructuring of its PKR 800mn (US$10mn) Sukuk in 2011

    • Expeditiously negotiated and arranged a PKR 2,000mn (US$25mn) bilateral short-term working capital facility securitized against future IPO proceeds for Wateen Telecom from Habib Bank Limited (HBL) in 2010

    Mergers & Acquisitions – Buy Side Advisory

    • Jointly advised with Deloitte UAE a consortium of GCC and US-based private equity investors for the US$50mn acquisition of Afghanistan’s largest bank (New Kabul Bank) through an IMF-monitored privatization process in 2012


    • Co-advised Bank Alfalah Limited (Pakistan’s 5th largest bank) and conducted due diligence and negotiations on the bank’s behalf for its attempted acquisition of Emirates Global Islamic Bank Limited in 2009

    • Advised Indus Sugar Mills and arranged fast-track acquisition finance for its attempted PKR 1,400mn (US$18mn) leveraged buyout of Shakarganj Sugar Mills’ 4,000 metric tons per day cane crushing unit in 2010


    • Co-advised Bank of Communications (China’s 5th largest bank) and led due diligence and negotiations on its behalf for its attempted PKR 13,500mn (US$225mn) acquisition of a 68% controlling stake in Saudi Pak Commercial Bank Ltd.


    • Advised Ravi Gas Group, Pakistan’s largest LPG storage, distribution, and marketing conglomerate, for its attempted acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell’s 67% controlling stake in Shell Gas (LPG) Pakistan Limited in 2010

    Mergers & Acquisitions – Sell Side Advisory

    • Advised Colony Group and held protracted negotiations with potential bidders for its PKR 3,200mn (US$40mn) 7,500 MTPD integrated Phalia Sugar Mills unit which included a 125,000 litres/day distillery and a 48MT CO2 plant


    • Advised one of MENA’s largest integrated real estate-to-logistics conglomerates, NREC, on the defense and dismissal of all litigation prior to the divestment and disposal of its PKR 4,500mn (US$40mn) strategic real estate asset in Pakistan

    Equity Capital Markets – IPO

    • Assisted Arif Habib Corporation Limited in its distribution efforts for the PKR 2,000mn (US$25mn) initial public offering (book building IPO) of the US$750mn Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited in 2010


    • Originated & co-managed Wateen Telecom’s PKR 2,000mn (US$25mn) initial public offering in 2010, getting the IPO 1.82 times oversubscribed in difficult market conditions. It was one of Pakistan’s largest IPOs at the time

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